Thursday 25 December 2014

Retired BOD gets behind Buckley fundraiser

Alyson Henry

Published 02/06/2014 | 02:30

Brian O'Driscoll, Amy Huberman and Carmel McDonnell-Byrne, co-founder and director of the Aislinn Centre.
Brian O'Driscoll, Amy Huberman and Carmel McDonnell-Byrne, co-founder and director of the Aislinn Centre.
Darragh, Donal, Cliona and Conor Buckley at the fundraising event. Picture: Doug O'Connor

BRIAN O'Driscoll spent his first evening as an officially retired sportsman at a charity event.

Despite the hectic weekend, which saw him turn out for his last match with Leinster, the former captain of the Irish rugby team came to Everleigh Garden on Dublin's Harcourt Street to show his support for the Christine Buckley Education Support Foundation.

O' Driscoll was joined by a host of other Irish athletes and household names, including Leo Cullen and Sean O'Brien as well as model Rozanna Purcell and former Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh.

The late Christine Buckley was the co-founder of the Aislinn Support and Education Group, which offers support for victims of institutional abuse.

"Mom believed in therapy through education," her son Conor told the Irish Independent.

"All the money raised tonight will go into the Aislinn Centre so we can continue to offer institutional abuse survivors classes."

Co-founder Ms McDonnell-Byrne said "the centre aims to empower the people that come to us through education".

Irish Independent

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